DR Congo


The quick population growth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)1 combined with the country's high maternal mortality rate made the DRC a prime candidate for family planning market monitoring through the FPwatch project.  While the country has endured a tumultuous history, recent political stability allowed the government to prioritize family planning. This began with the approval of a National Strategic Plan for Family Planning in 2014.2

An integrated family planning and malaria outlet survey was conducted in Kinshasa and Katanga provinces of the DRC in fall of 2015. The DRC FPwatch survey built upon previous national surveys conducted by the ACTwatch project, ASF, and the National Malaria Control Program in 2013 and 2009. Estimates were provided at the provincial level (Kinshasa and Katanga) and at urban/rural levels within the public and private sectors. More than 3,000 outlets were considered for inclusion in the study.

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Nurse at a health centre in Mbanza Ngungu makes notes after having examined a woman

1. Mukaba, T, Binanga, A, Fohl, S, Betertand, JT. Family Planning Policy Environment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Levers of Positive Change and Prospects for Sustainability. Glob Health SciPract. 2015;3(2):163–173.

2. Ibid.

Photo credit: H4+ photo Sven Torfinn. DR Congo, Bandundu province, Mbanza Ngungu, area Loma, August 2013